It’s been two years since the start of the #WeNeedDiverseBooks campaign brought everyone’s attention to how much all kids need diverse books. Three cheers for that! Most of the book lists I’ve seen have been focused on realistic and historical fiction. The most diverse fantasy and science fiction lists were for teens – all very good, but give me a good middle grade fantasy any day. Here are 12 fantasy novels with protagonists who aren’t of white European ancestry, for both the kids who are used to seeing themselves reflected on book covers and those who aren’t.
Bayou Magic by Jewell Parker Rhodes –
Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu
Geeks, Girls and Secret Identities by Mike Jung
Greenglass House by Kate Milford
Hoodoo by Ronald L. Smith
The Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste
Shadows of Sherwood by Kekla Magoon
So You Want to Be a Wizard by Diane Duane
The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex
Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer by Kelly Jones
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin
What are your favorites?